How To Trick Your Brain To Enjoy The Hard Things

Can you spend 3 hours on your phone with ease?... Most people can (and do).

Now can you study for 3 hours in complete focus with ease?... Most people can’t.

Why is that? 

Why is it that there are very few people who can spend a great amount of time doing difficult tasks with ease, while others (the majority) fail to do so?

The answer to this question is simple… Dopamine!

In today’s digital society we are overflowing our brains with extremely high amounts of dopamine every single minute.

  1. Social Media
  2. Video Games
  3. Netflix
  4. YouTube

The list goes on… 

When we constantly receive high amounts of dopamine, our bodies react by creating a tolerance for those high levels.

Those high levels become our new normal, which means that in order to satisfy our brain’s craving of dopamine… reading a book, working on a business, journaling, etc. – just won’t cut it.

This is why most people can’t sit down for 3 hours and focus with ease… our brain’s chemistry is messed up!

How do you fix this?... Dopamine Detox!

Here’s how to do it…

Step 1: Make a list of all the “high dopamine” tasks that you see yourself wasting a lot of time of:

  1. YouTube
  2. Instagram
  3. Tik Tok
  4. Facebook
  5. Watching the news

You get the point… 

Step 2: Make a list of all the “low dopamine” tasks that you can be doing that are beneficial for your life:

  1. Reading a book
  2. Working on your business
  3. Skills development
  4. Exercising

Now, for the next 7-days… you are only allowed to do things that are listed down in Step 2.

Remember, the goal here is to get your dopamine levels down so that your brain can be satisfied from doing "low dopamine" tasks that are beneficial for your life.

This is how you hack your brain’s chemistry towards liking the things most people find hard to do.

If you found this post useful, make sure to share it with a friend who you always see wasting time on social media.

Bonus Tip

Here’s an App Blocker I use to make sure I don’t give into the "high dopamine" temptations (highly recommend).

Remember, you only have a finite amount of willpower, so it’s better to create systems to make sure you don’t break during these next 7 days.